It seems the reign of street urchins in Lagos, popularly dubbed “Area boys”, may soon be at end. News has it that at least 45 area boys were arrested on Thursday by armed policemen who stormed Oshodi unannounced, this follows the arrest and arraignment of about 119 area boys in Oshodi three weeks ago.
According to Sulaiman, those arrested would be charged to court and if found guilty, they would be punished according to the laws of the state.
He stated that Lagos did not want area boys again and that those who want to continue in the act should leave Lagos as the taskforce would make their stay in the state unbearable, saying that the police could swoop on them unexpectedly.
Commercial bus drivers and motorcycles riders are very likely to welcome this development with joy and huge sighs of relief because the so called area boys have been torments to them for years as they often extort money from the commercial motorists and disrupt their business for no just cause.